Accession Number:

ADA499859

Title:

Critical Skills of Marine Corps Infantry Small Unit Leaders

Descriptive Note:

Technical memorandum 15 Apr-30 Sep 2008

Corporate Author:

NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL

Report Date:

2008-11-17

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

Emerging Marine Corps infantry concepts such as enhanced company operations ECO and distributed operations DO place increasing decision-making responsibilities on small unit leaders. In the future, it will become increasingly important to identify individuals with the required skill sets to perform these jobs. A comprehensive job-task analysis was performed to identify the most important skills, abilities, and other characteristics SAOs required for successful job performance of a representative small unit leadership position, the Fire Support Team FiST leader. Ratings were obtained from Marine Corps FiST instructors and expert job analysts. Agreement within and between ratings sources was high. SAOs involving adaptive planning, problem solving, and decision making were rated among the most critically important leader characteristics. Other SAOs related to stress tolerance, performance under stress, leadership, and teamwork also were identified as important.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Psychology
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE